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Hungary's capital is divided into two parts by the River Danube in a north-south direction: the hilly northern bank is called Buda, while the flat eastern bank is called Pest. The two parts were merged in 1873 and the city became known as Budapest.

World Heritage wherever you go

Many parts of Budapest are listed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, including the view of the Danube embankments and the Buda Castle District, which is one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of Budapest.

Furthermore both the Pest and the Buda embankments of the Danube stretching from Liberty Bridge all the way up to Margaret Bridge, the area around the Chain Bridge, some of the buildings belonging to the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Gellért Bath, the Gellért Hill with its Statue of Liberty and the Citadel, the Castle of Buda, the Baroque churches and Turkish baths of the so-called 'Water Town' are all part of the world heritage list.

On the Pest embankment world heritage buildings and sights include the Parliament, Széchenyi Square, the Academy of Sciences and the Gresham Palace. The Heroes' Square along with its surroundings and Andrássy Avenue with the first underground in Europe, the Millennium Underground Railway, have also become part of the UNESCO list.

From coffee houses to world cuisine

With Hungarian cuisine known for being among the best and richest in Europe, Budapest is famous for its excellent food. Traditional Hungarian food has an unmistakable character, often rich in sour cream, onions, eggs, butter, fresh produce and wine. However, there is a great selection of world cuisine restaurants in the city as well. And for all sweet lovers out there, Budapest is also home to hundreds of coffee houses – some modern, some antique – offering cakes and delicious cakes.

Sports, sports, sports

Budapest has hosted many international sport events over the past few years as athletes from all over the world competed in European and World Championships in the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna.

The city organised the Swimming European Championships as well as judo, wrestling, pentathlon and ice hockey (first division) World Championships. In 2004 and in 2014 the Women's EHF EURO was and will be held in Hungary's capital. Furthermore Budapest is home to the winners of 2011 and the 2012 Cup Winners’ Cup in women’s handball, FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria.



The local’s guide to Budapest

Following your guide book is one thing, having a true local’s knowledge at your hands when you explore a city, makes up for an entirely different experience.

So we have asked Edit Szalay, one of the hosts at the 2014 WOMEN'S EHF FINAL4, who lives in Budapest, to share her favourite places with us.


“My contribution is purely personal and all that I mention here are
part of my everyday life, I go to these places to meet my friends,
celebrate birthdays or just to recharge the batteries. I hope you will
love them just as much I do!”


Walks

On the first night you arrive in Budapest, walk across the Chain Bridge and enjoy the sights to your right and to your left. It is simply breathtaking and one of the best options to take in the city at a glance.

If you are tired of walking, hop on Tram #2 from Közvágóhíd to Jászai Mari Street. It takes you along the Danube and you can enjoy a fantastic view of Pest with its line of historic buildings.

Food & Drink

The Szatyor Bár és Galéria (1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla Road 36) is perfect for catching up with family and friends. I especially love the place’s atmosphere.


Keksz (1075 Budapest, Madách Imre Square 4) offers great food in a relaxed environment right in the heart of the city. There are always loads things to do after a nice meal, so entertainment is guaranteed.

The Trófea Étterem és Grill (1061 Budapest, Király Street 30-32) has some amazing food and if you can’t get enough of it, there’s even an all-you-can-eat option on the menu.



Shop

In King Shop (1071 Budapest, Király Street 5) you can buy a huge variety of little things from calendars, bracelets to toys, stationery and mugs.



 
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